By Tom Jackman/Washington Post Staff Writer
When Jonathan T. Spielberg decided he wanted to attend Paul VI High School full
time, he went to a nearby Kinko's Copies store, typed a bogus three-page report
card and gave himself A's in everything from organic chemistry to U.S.
government. He then submitted the "transcript" to the school, he later told
He also told a police detective he is 27 years old, not the 14-year-old
freshman he had pretended to be in 1998.
The first clues as to how Spielberg fooled the private Fairfax City school into
believing he was the teenage nephew of filmmaker Steven Spielberg emerged
yesterday during a preliminary court hearing in Fairfax County. Jonathan
Spielberg, who legally changed his name from Anoushirvan D. Fakhran in 1997,
did not testify, but school officials and Fairfax City police Detective Michael
Boone did, explaining the chain of events that led to Spielberg's arrest on
fraud and forgery charges.
Chief District Court Judge Richard T. Horan threw out one forgery charge. Boone
testified that Spielberg admitted he has no relative named Spielberg, contrary
to what he wrote in his name-change petition, but Spielberg's lawyer
successfully argued that the information was not required by law and thus the
claim was irrelevant.
However, Horan found there was probable cause to believe Spielberg defrauded
Paul VI. Evidence on a child pornography charge will be heard later.
Spielberg and his lawyer, Rodney G. Leffler, declined to comment yesterday.